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Medicines counter assistant

Medicines counter assistants mainly work in community pharmacies under the supervision of a pharmacist. Their main role is the sale of over the counter medicines.

Skills required

The ability to communicate well is important as this role includes lots of contact with the public. You should also be able to work well as part of a team.

Training programme

Trainees are mostly given on-the-job training and many of the larger pharmaceutical companies provide accredited in-house training courses. Details of other accredited courses are available from the Pharmaceutical Society.

There are no formal education requirements.

Career pathway

For those who have gained experience and wish to take on additional responsibility, opportunities to train as a pharmacy technician or a dispensing/ pharmacy assistant may be available.